Sunday, July 10, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Time Team unearths stables fit for a king

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 05:37 AM PDT

A television show has unearthed remains of King Charles II's original stables during excavations at Newmarket's Palace House – but the roots of the site may extend further into the past.

A 15-strong team of archaeologists from Channel 4's Time Team descended on Newmarket on Monday and uncovered remains of the stables, which were built in the 1670s.

The find came in the first trench dug in King's Yard on the Palace House site, which is owned by Forest Heath District Council.

Read the rest of this article...

CFP: Reading the Way to the Netherworld. Education and the Representation of the Beyond in Later Antiquity, Göttingen, 14-16.10.2011

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 05:34 AM PDT

The Courant Research Centre EDRIS (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen) and the Graduiertenkolleg "Götterbilder-Gottesbilder-Weltbilder" (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen) are pleased to announce the organisation of a Conference on Education and the Representations of the Beyond in Later Antiquity. The Conference will take place in Göttingen from the 14th to the 16th of October 2011. We welcome papers from the disciplines of Classics, Byzantine Studies, Religion Studies, and … Beyond that will help us to explore this theme.

Read the rest of this article...

Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 04:24 AM PDT

A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments.

A wooden chest discovered on board the vessel contained pills made of ground-up vegetables, herbs and plants such as celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa and chestnuts – all ingredients referred to in classical medical texts.

The tablets, which were so well sealed that they miraculously survived being under water for more than two millennia, also contain extracts of parsley, nasturtium, radish, yarrow and hibiscus.

Read the rest of this article...

Bringing ancient rock art into the digital age

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 04:21 AM PDT

new digital media project at Newcastle University is proving that academic thought is not set in stone. Through the use of a modern-day tablet – the mobile phone – Northumberland's ancient rock art is being exposed to a new generation of enthusiasts.

Archaeologists have worked side-by-side with digital media experts on this International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies project, using new technology to share information about the famous stones.

During their research, it emerged that people were often left frustrated because they couldn't find the rock art easily, which can be tricky to locate even with a GPS, as most of the markings are flat and often difficult to spot in thick vegetation and overcast conditions.

Read the rest of this article...

Daniel's archaeology ambition

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

Daniel Radcliffe wants to study archaeology.

The 21-year-old actor is sad that the Harry Potter movie series - in which he has played the titular boy wizard in all eight films - is coming to a close, but happy he will now have more free time to pursue his interests.

He said: 'I watch a huge amount of stuff on the Discovery Channel and have started considering doing an Open University course because I'm becoming more and more fascinated by archaeology.

Read the rest of this article...

8,000-year-old dog tomb ‘significant’ find

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 04:12 AM PDT

Archaeologists have discovered an unprecedented 8,000-year-old dog tomb – the oldest in southern Europe – in a shell mound near the Portuguese town of Alcaçer do Sal.

Project co-director Mariana Diniz told Lusa News Agency the find held "significant importance" because previously there had been no such sign of ancient "canine symbology" in southern Europe, in contrast to northern parts of the continent.

"Eight thousand years ago [southern] communities domesticated dogs, an animal with an economic role, but also a symbolic one", Ms. Diniz said.

"The ritual burial of dogs was done with care, not just any way, with special significance", she added of the find.

Read the rest of this article...

"Tomb of the Otters" Filled With Stone Age Human Bones

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 04:10 AM PDT

Thousands of human bones have been found inside a Stone Age tomb on a northern Scottish island, archaeologists say.

The 5,000-year-old burial site, on South Ronaldsay (map) in the Orkney Islands, was accidentally uncovered after a homeowner had leveled a mound in his yard to improve his ocean view. (See Scotland pictures.)

Authorities were alerted to the find in 2010 after a subsequent resident, Hamish Mowatt, guessed at the site's significance.

Mowatt had lowered a camera between the tomb's ceiling of stone slabs and was confronted by a prehistoric skull atop a muddy tangle of bones.

Read the rest of this article...

Archaeologists Explore the Secrets of Bulgarian Pompei

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 04:05 AM PDT

Bulgarian-British expedition resumed the excavations in the ancient city of Nikopolis-ad-Istrum near Veliko Tarnovo. This is the best preserved archaeological site in Bulgaria and a specialized Italian publication called it Bulgarian Pompei for its importance.

This summer archaeologists will be exploring a building dating back to the ruling of Roman emperor Septimus Severus. According to experts, the building was used as temple by the worshippers of goddess Cybele.

So far the archaeologists have found fragments of wall paneling, details of door cases, windows and niches.

Read the rest of this article...

No comments:

Post a Comment